While Optimus struggles to survive after Megatronís destruction of the Autobot base, the separated members of Team Prime try to reconnect.
- Absentee Actor: Ratchet is the only Autobot whose current whereabouts aren't shown.
- An Arm and a Leg: Megatron is shown still missing part of his arm at the beginning of the episode. The original version was restored off-screen shortly into the episode, though.
- Badass in Distress: A damaged Wheeljack is shown being captured and later interrogated.
- Cool Chair: Megatron has a rather impressive one as his throne at the top of Darkmount.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: American military forces descend on Jasper and are easily crushed by Darkmount's fusion cannons.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Megatron orders Knock Out to take a team back to Cybertron and secure any relics left behind last episode. Knock Out finds the Apex Armor, but more importantly, Shockwave.
- Genre Savvy: Fowler immediately sees through Megatron's "co-existence" rhetoric. He also tries to inform his superiors that no Earth military can oppose the Decepticons without heavy casualties.
- Mythology Gag: "Darkmount" was a fortress from Generation One commanded by Straxus.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Smokescreen went back for Optimus because he couldn't stand the idea of Prime facing Megatron and the Decepticons all alone.
- Not Quite Dead: We find out Optimus was rescued from certain death thanks to Smokescreen.
- Wheeljack was pulled from the wreckage of the Jackhammer, damaged but alive.
- Airachnid's stasis pod is shown as still intact and now in Decepticon custody.
- The end reveals that Shockwave survived the events of "Out of the Past," much to the others' surprise.